Thursday, 31 October 2013

Bookblast: Order of the Seers[+GIVEAWAY]


Order of the Seers (Order of the Seers, #1)  The Red Order (Order of the Seers, #2)

Order of the Seers FLASH Bookblast!!  

Win $25 Amazon Gift Card below




What would you do if you heldinfinite powerin the palm of your hand?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Archangel's Legion releas day!

Oh my goodness it's finally here! I don't do release day posts but there is an exception for everything!


Here's the blurb:


 

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same...



 


It's the 6th book in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. The other books in the series in the chronological order according to Nalini Singh's website (* indicates a novella):
Angels' Dance *
Angels' Judgmemt*
Angels' Pawn *
Angels' Blood
Archangel's Kiss
Archangel's Consort
Angel's Wolf *
Archangel's Blade
Archangel's Storm
Archangel's Legion


Buying links:


Amazon * B&N * The Book Depository * Kobo * Wordery

Promo Post: Weak at the Knees by Jo Kessel[+Giveaway!]

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Weak at the Knees by Jo Kessel


Promo and Giveaway


Weak at the Knees received a 4 out of 5 rating from the UK national paper The Sun!  The Sun newspaper is the UK's most popular paper (2 million readers daily).


Monday, 28 October 2013

Quote-Tastic(7): "Suddenly You" by Lisa Kleypas


This meme is about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from!


It is Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.


This week I chose a scene from a book that I read some time ago, but I still remember it[it says a LOT!]. Today I present you Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas:


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Mini-Review: Primal Law by J.D. Tyler

Title: Primal Law


Series: Alpha Pack #1


Author:  J.D. Tyler



Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, the Alpha Pack is a top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers tasked with eliminating the most dangerous predators in the world. But the gift of their abilities comes at a price…


After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight—and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who reawakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.


On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities. And as Jax and Kira circle both the killer and each other, Jax will have to decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth breaking the ultimate shifter rule—because bonding with Kira means putting his abilities at risk, and they might be the only tools he has to keep his mate alive…




I read this one a few months ago and I remember I just... expected more from it. Neither character made a lasting impression on me, they were a little flat, and the world building wasn't extraordinary. I remember thinking that I read an X-man adaptation with supernatural elements. The ending was interesting though and left room for a great continuation.



Summing up picture:




Rating: rating25

Friday, 25 October 2013

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge



I've entered the challenge again for 2014. I loved it this year :D



THE GUIDELINES


1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014.
2. Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you've read! (On your blog, Amazon, Random Buzzers or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO 2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
8. On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it's unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It's open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice - we will be checking ;)
10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.
11. You don't have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!


LEVELS:
(how many books you're planning to read for this challenge in 2014)


1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - First Kiss
31-40 - Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 - Could this be love?
50+ - Married With Children


I've chosen Sweet Summer Fling, though I think I'll read more. I'll make a list of some of the books I'll read, but in January since I don't know what I'll read till the end of the year.




Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review: The Way Home by Cindy Gerard

Title: The Way Home


Series: One-Eyed Jacks #2


Author: Cindy Gerard


Published: 29th October 2013


I received this ARC copy thanks to Gallery Books and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.




A heartwarming Christmas story from the New York Times bestselling “true master of romantic suspense” (Romantic Times). Four years ago Jess Albert got the news that her husband Jeff was killed in action in Afghanistan, and a painful void entered her life. The more time passed, the more acutely she felt that emptiness. But when Tyler Brown, former military hero and all-around alpha male, shows up a year after she’d last seen him, Jess gradually begins to realize there is one thing that can make her feel whole again—love.


As they’re planning their wedding and new life together, Jess receives shocking news: her husband is alive, under the care of a young Afghani woman hiding him from the Taliban. Even as he sees their happily-ever-after slip away, Ty arranges for the One Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams to make a daring and dangerous rescue mission to bring Jeff home. The hardest thing Ty or Jess has ever done is to let the other go.


When Jeff returns to Jess, broken physically and emotionally and with no memory of their history, they try to heal their marriage and each other. But as time brings them together more as friends than lovers, an unexpected development helps them see the true way home, to the people they love. 



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Book Blast: Broken Fences by Kelly Gendron[+Giveaway!]

This book has adult content! If you are under 18, do not continue reading this post.  Broken Fences(A TroubleMaker Novel #1) by Kelly Gendron


Book Blast and Giveaway


Monday, 21 October 2013

Quote-Tastic(6): "The Good, the Bad, and the Undead" by Kim Harrison


This meme is about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from!


It is Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.


This week I chose a scene from a book that I am reading now. I am late to the show, but I am glad that I joined :D. Now let me present The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows #2) by Kim Harrison:


Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon[Finale]



Wonderfully Wicked Finale


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Review: Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare

Title: Hard Evidence 


Review: I-Team #2


Author: Pamela Clare



After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit…


That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver police. He’s closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa’s accusations could blow his cover, and he wants her off the investigation.


But just as Tessa has made Julian a target of interest, she is now a target of the killer. And as they are forced to trust each other, their physical attraction escalates as intensely as the threat from a ruthless murderer who wants to see both of them dead…




Buddy review with my friend Maru


 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon[Update 4]



Wonderfully Wicked Update, #4


Halfway Hidden Cover Reveal

Halfway Hidden by Carrie Elks
Publication date: November 2013
Genres: Erotica, Romance


Synopsis: When fear mixes with desire, who can you trust?




Rachel Stone is stuck, contemplating that very question. Spending her time as a bartender in an isolated West Virginia town, she hides behind dark hair and an assumed name. She exists from day to day, trying not to let her past overwhelm her.


When a tall stranger walks into the bar at closing time, her attempts at hiding turn to dust. Muscled and intense, he is attractive enough for Rachel to ignore her instincts and listen to her baser desires. As a storm brews in the skies of West Virginia, confusion builds in Rachel’s mind. What begins as flirtation explodes into a darker, more primal passion, leading her to question everything she thought she knew.


While snow blankets the outside world, they are forced to remain inside, confronting their demons and the sizzling attraction between them. Submitting to their urges is easy; learning who to trust is anything but.



 

Advisory: This novella contains references to past abuse, and rough consensual sex.



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon[Update 3]



Wonderfully Wicked Update, #3


Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless


Series: Parasol Protectorate #1


Author: Gail Carriger



First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.


Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.


With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?





Monday, 14 October 2013

Quote-Tastic(5): "The Rift Walker" by Clay and Susan Griffith

This meme is about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from!

It is Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

This week I chose a scene from a book that I finished Friday. It's amazing! I totally recommend it to everyone. I present you The Rift Walker  by Clay and Susan Griffith:

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon[Update 2]



Wonderfully Wicked Update, #2


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday Words of Wisdom[3]

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

John F. Kennedy

Courtesy of Criminal Minds[TV show]

Review: The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith

Title: The Rift Walker


Series: Vampire Empire #2


Author: Clay and Susan Griffith



Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance's horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarrray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria.


As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele's beloved Greyfriar.


The Rift Walkeris the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternative history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic politcal themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.



I finished The Rift Walker last night and I’m still wow-ed by it. Clay and Susan Griffith wrote a wonderful series and I’ll be forever grateful to my friend Anzu[Zombie Hazard] for making me read it!


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon[Update 1]



Wonderfully Wicked Update, #1


Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon


Look what I found today? As soon as I read about it I KNEW I had to join!

What it's about:

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 11-20 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress!


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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review: The Russian Temptation by Nikki Navarre

Title: The Russian Temptation


Series: Foreign Affairs, #2


Author: Nikki Navarre


Published: 29th September 2013

ARC courtesy of Aspendawn Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

She wants the truth. He wants her.

Ambassador and scientist Skylar Rossi is determined to expose security breaches in an illegal Russian chemical weapons plant. Her mission is personal. She’s spent a lifetime atoning for the sins of her father, an international arms dealer. But the moment she steps off the Trans-Siberian train in Khimgorod—a city that doesn’t exist on any map—she’s alone, isolated and deep in enemy territory. She can trust no one, especially her so-called security escort, the refined and lethal Nikolai Markov.

Ex-KGB agent Nikolai Markov’s assignment is to keep Russia’s dirty little secrets out of Skylar’s hands…by any means necessary. But Skylar Rossi is more than just the mark. She’s responsible for his brother’s death and it’s payback time. So why is he suddenly feeling protective about a woman he might have to kill?

The stakes quickly turn deadly, and Skylar needs Nikolai to keep her safe. But their own chemistry may be far more dangerous…



The Killers - The Way It Was



The Killers home page

Monday, 7 October 2013

Quote-Tastic(4): "Always On My Mind" by Jill Shalvis



This meme is about sharing your favorite quotes and the books they come from!

It is Hosted by Anna at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

This week I chose a scene from a contemporary I finished a few weeks ago. It's from one of my favorite contemporary authors, Jill Shalvis :

She smiled and handed him a small white bag. “Happy birthday.”


He should have known she would remember. She always remembered. “What is it?” he asked cautiously. And with good reason. One year, she’d gotten him a gift certificate for a spa treatment that had turned out to be for a male Brazilian wax. He’d never cashed that one in… Another year, she’d left him a pair of really huge women’s underpants on his truck antenna out in front of the station along with a “love note” from a secret admirer. That one had taken a while to live down.


“Open it,” she said, sounding far too innocent.


“Do I need insurance first?”


“Maybe it’s just what you wanted,” she said.


What he wanted was her in his bed wearing nothing but those sexy shoes. He started to open the bag, and Kevin moved in close, licking his chops hopefully.


“You already got yours,” Jack told him.


Kevin whined.


“I’ll tell you what,” Jack told him. “If you sit, maybe I’ll share.”


Kevin offered a paw.


“No, I said sit.”


Kevin barked.


Leah laughed, the sound going a long way toward reviving Jack. Shaking his head, he opened the bag. Cream cheese croissants. “I like the lack of public humiliation with this one,” he said as he pulled the first one from the bag.



To read more about the series and the author visit Jill's website.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Review: Love and Let Die by Lexi Blake

Title: Love and Let Die


Series: Masters and Mercenaries #5


Author: Lexi Blake



  A Tragic Love Story

Charlotte Dennis’s mission was clear: distract and misdirect CIA operative Ian Taggart by any means necessary. If she failed, she would never see her sister again. With her training, it should have been simple, but after one night in Ian’s arms, she knew that saving her sister would mean losing the man of her dreams.
Ian was tracking a terrorist when he met the beautiful American daughter of a Russian mobster. His instincts told him Charlotte was trouble, but his body craved her like a drug and his heart would not be denied. She took his ring and his collar. For once he was truly happy. But as he closed in on his target, her betrayal cost him his mission while her sacrifice saved his life. As she died in his arms, Ian vowed he would never love again.

A Dangerous Reunion

For six years, Charlotte has thought of nothing but returning to her husband, her Master. Working in the shadows, she has devoted herself to earning a chance to reclaim her place in Ian’s life. But forgiveness isn’t a part of Ian’s vocabulary.
Nothing is more important to Ian Taggart than his new mission. But the information he needs is firmly in the hands of the woman who betrayed him. To catch his most dangerous prey, Ian will have to let Charlotte back into his life. As the hunt takes them to some of the world’s most exotic locations, the danger grows and their passion reignites.

Will Ian forgive his wayward submissive or lose her again?


Note before review: I posted 3 status updates till I reached 15%, after that nothing. The explanation for this is very simple: I just couldn’t tear myself away after that, even though there were some amazing quotes!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Review: Lucas by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Lucas

Series: Vampires in America #6

Author: D.B. Reynolds




THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA . . . haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and . . . vampires?


LUCAS DONLON, Vampire Lord, is one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring lord makes the mistake of declaring war, he quickly discovers that Lucas is every bit as lethal as he is charming.

KATHRYN HUNTER doesn't care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who's landed on his doorstep.

Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.



Cover Reveal: Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones

Infinite Possibilities - The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #2


By Lysa Renee Jones


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Review: Duncan by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Duncan

Series: Vampires in America #5

Author: D.B. Reynolds




Washington, D.C. … capital of an empire. Powerful. Exhilarating. Corrupt. And in the shadows … vampires far older than the nation itself.


A power unto himself, Duncan has served at Raphael’s side for nearly the entire two hundred years of his existence. But long laid plans have finally borne fruit, and the time has come for Duncan to leave Raphael and tackle the greatest challenge of his life. He will face treacherous vampires and murderous humans. He will rock the halls of human power if necessary. But Washington, D.C. will be his.


Emma Duquet cares nothing for vampire politics. She just wants to find her missing roommate and best friend, Lacey. But Lacey’s been playing with vampires of a particularly dangerous kind, and Emma will have to deal with the new vampire in town if she’s going to find her friend.


Battling powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, Duncan and Emma will dig beneath the corruption and depravity that is Washington, D.C. and uncover the most heinous conspiracy of all …



Wednesday, 2 October 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday[#3]: The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn



A meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine blog. It spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet #3)  by Julia Quinn


Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.


Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...



Tuesday, 1 October 2013

October Random Reads[#2]: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Random Reads is a monthly meme hosted by Sarah at I’m Loving Books. This feature is to get us reading a random book within the month that is in our TBR stack.

Want to join in on Random Reads?

1. If you’re on Goodreads enable sorting to your to-read shelf
2. Go to Random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how many ever books are on your to-read shelf.
3. Scroll down to the book matching the number Random.org picks.
4. Link up to your Random Reads post. If you choose more than one book per month, be sure to put a number by your name in the list so it doesn’t look like a duplicate.
5. Read and be merry.

Random.org  picked 22 from my MAYBE shelf!

Something Wicked Returns Blog Hop


EDIT: The winner is 'Aurelija Š.


Something Wicked Returns once again this year. For those of you who are new to Wicked, it is a month long blog tour/ blog hop giveaway featuring all things paranormal/supernatural and Halloween themed. It's hosted by Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings, Candace@Candace's Book Blog, Maja@The Nocturnal Library and Ali@My Guilty Obsession  I was just a reader last year but I am proud to join in this year.


My first blog hop ever! I am so excited! You can choose whatever book you want as long as it's a PNR/UF, has "Halloween" in the book name or it's Halloween themed.


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Prize value: $8 (Amazon gift card or book from The Book Depository)